Master tribal weaver, Wence Martinez creates hand-spun wool tapestries in a nearly 30 year collaboration with his wife, symbolist painter, Sandra Martinez.

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Museum of Wisconsin Art

Wence and Sandra Martinez: Woven Together
Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Design

mowaAugust 6 – November 6, 2016
August 6, Saturday Opening Reception 2-5pm
West Bend, WI

Meet the Artists
Thursday, October 20 | 5:00
Listen to this artistic duo share stories about their interconnected artwork. Enjoy a special bilingual tour of this stunning show thanks to a partnership with Casa Guadalupe Education Center.

5:00–6:00 Hands-on all-ages weaving project
5:30  Bilingual English and Spanish tour of Woven Together
6:30 Artist Talk

JuegoBorn in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca Mexico, a village famous for its woven rugs and tapestries, Wence learned the family textile trade as a young boy. He started weaving at the age of nine and four years later attended the Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National School of Tapestry) in Mexico City on a full scholarship.

In 1988, Wisconsin artist Sandra Hackbarth serendipitously commissioned Wence to transform her artwork into a tapestry. Discontent with the standard workshop reproduction of Turkish and Navajo designs, Wence jumped at the chance to try his hand at a primitive inspired modern design. The project spurred a remarkable thirty-year collaboration that marries traditional textiles with modern design. MOWA will showcase a collection of Wence’s rugs alongside Sandra’s artwork in the State Gallery.

Gallery Partners

Michael Doerr


Michael Doerr What we perceive and do with our hands will echo in time. As one studies craft and design turning their ideas into finished products; they start to reach through history to commune with craftspeople that have gone before. I had the great experience of working for and learning from master shipwright Ferdinand (Red) Nimphius, who helped me understand the value of passing on information to the next generation; those who are willing to work and become part of the craft tradition. Not only are we expressing ourselves through craft, but the artifacts we create and leave for others…

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Meghan Patrice Riley


Meghan Patrice Riley Each MPR Jewelry by Meghan Patrice Riley piece is fabricated by hand in the MPR Atelier in Brooklyn, New York by trained artists and metalsmiths. Mixing metals with textile techniques, MPR experiments with classic, elementary materials like miniature bridge cabling, industrial ball chain, electrical wire, safety pins, and findings mixed with fine metals and semi-precious stones to reinterpret them to create industrial jewelry that is feminine, luxurious, and alluring. The MPR collections bridge design, fashion, and art fields using innovations on traditional fabrication to design beautiful and functional, sculptural collections that find the fashion in art and…

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Gallery H Tubac AZ


Gallery H Tubac AZ We proudly offer our Legacy Project weavings through Gallery H in Tubac AZ See their site for Work currently available there with Artists Talk and Trunk Show this winter TBA. Art Gallery H is nestled in the historic artist town of tubac, arizona, in the heart of the southwest. we represent established and emerging artists, with an emphasis on contemporary art in all mediums. This gallery is a collaborative project between an experienced fine art gallery director and a multi-talented American artist. Audrey Hoffman, former director for one of the southwest’s leading contemporary galleries, provides the…

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Romulus Craft

Romulus Craft

I think of creation within this vehicle called Romulus as paying homage to honorable work and I can see its’ intrinsic beauty. It is with great pride that I dedicate myself to this continuation. Read More

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2016 Smithsonian Craft Show

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We are thrilled to report winning the 2016 Silver Award for overall excellence!
Our southwestern working retreat led to Wence’s latest “Canterita” stone inspired weavings and expanded Sandra’s biomorphic weaving studies painted on up-cycled German book paper from 1877. New images on the weaving and painting pages. Read More

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